Padmashri, Padmaśrī: 8 definitions


Padmashri means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Padmaśrī can be transliterated into English as Padmasri or Padmashri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Padmashri in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Padmaśrī (पद्मश्री) is the name of the Buddha of the Padma universe according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “In the region of the nadir (adhas), beyond universes as numerous as the sands of the Ganges and at the extreme limit of these universes, there is the universe called Houa (Padma); its Buddha is called Houa tö (Padmaśrī) and its Bodhisattva Houa chang (Padmottara)”.

Note: This Buddha is called Chan tö “beauty of the good” in the Chinese text (Chin. Houa tö), but Padmaśrī “beauty of the lotus” (Chin. Houa tö) in the Sanskrit text of the Pañcaviṃśati. This last reading is the proper one.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Padmashri in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Padmaśrī (पद्मश्री) is the daughter of Vidyādhara-king Meghanāda, according to chapter 6.3 [ānanda-puruṣapuṇḍarīka-bali-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“Now in the city Ariñjaya on Mt. Vaitāḍhya there was a well-known Vidyādhara-king, Meghanāda, to whom power over the two rows (of cities) had been given by Cakrin Subhūma. He was the father of Padmaśrī, the wife of the same Cakrabhṛt. Suketu’s soul, after it had wandered through existence was born as the Prativiṣṇu Bali in Meghanāda’s family in this same city. He, with a life-term of fifty thousand years, black, twenty-six bows tall, became the ruler of three parts (of Bharata)”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Padmashri in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Padmaśrī (पद्मश्री).—(1) m., name of a Bodhisattva: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 3.8; 431.3 ff.; 470.3; (2) m., name of a Tathāgata: Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 50.7; (3) f., name of a lokadhātu: Gaṇḍavyūha 536.22.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Padmaśrī (पद्मश्री) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a lady who wrote on Kāmaśāstra. Śp. p. 46.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Padmaśrī (पद्मश्री):—[=padma-śrī] [from padma] f. ‘beautiful as a lotus flower’, Name of Avalokiteśvara, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Bodhi-sattva

3) [v.s. ...] Name of sub voce women, [Rājataraṅgiṇī; Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

4) [v.s. ...] of a lady who wrote on Kāma-śāstra, [Catalogue(s)]

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Padmashri in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Padmashri in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Padmaśrī (ಪದ್ಮಶ್ರೀ):—[noun] a title given by the Indian Government to civilians in recognition of distinguished service, achievement in various fields.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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